Recorded on 01/24/2006, uploaded on 01/15/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Grieg was one of the
greatest Norwegian composers. He was a
master at painting the people, the scenery, and the moods of Norway with notes. In the Peer Gynt Suite, Grieg captures
the rising of the sun, the lamenting of a death, and, in The Hall of the Mountain King, the imagery of a chase scene. His
works contain what today are readily recognizable "tunes" - as indeed
they were in the composer's time. As
Grieg and his wife, Nina, strolled through the streets of Bergen, children would follow after, whistling these tunes,
in tribute to the great composer. The fine Russian pianist, Grigory Guinsbourg (1904-1961), known
as a painter of sounds on piano, made this wonderful arrangement of the piece
for piano. Hayk Arsenyan
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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